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Gordon Sakamoto Sensei to Make Third Visit to Brock Center at Randolph-Macon College April 23

ASHLAND, Va. (3-24-11) - Gordon Sakamoto Sensei, 6th Dan, will be making his third visit to Randolph-Macon College Saturday, April 23. The seminar will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Court 3 of the Brock Center.

He will be the guest of the Randolph-Macon Aikido Club and Bryan Park Aikido. The fee will be $40 for the half-day visit.

Sakamoto Sensei is the chief instructor of the Northern Virginia Aikikai and is a long-time friend of Bill Witt Shihan. Witt is President of the Takumusu Aikido Assn. and supervising instructor of both the Randolph-Macon and Bryan Park dojos. Sakamoto and Witt trained together as white belts at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo in 1967, studying under Morihei Ueshiba.

Sakamoto Sensei is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii where he began practicing Aikido in 1963. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1965.

(Photo: Gordon Sakamoto Sensei.)

While in the Air Force, he received an assignment to Japan in 1967 and practiced daily at Hombu Dojo for two-and-a-half years. During this time, Sakamoto Sensei received instruction from O Sensei during the last years of his life. O Sensei passed away in 1969.

After leaving the Air Force in 1969, Sakamoto returned to the University of Hawaii to attend graduate school, and he also taught Aikido at the university until 1973, when he accepted a job on Okinawa, Japan. He started an Aikido class on Okinawa and periodically returned to practice at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.

In 1980, he arrived in Northern Virginia. He was invited to become the instructor of this club because the incumbent instructor moved out of the area. He has seen the rapid growth of Aikido in the area and along the East Coast over the past two decades.

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Gordon Sakamoto Aikido Seminar Registration

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Tim Sheldon
Bryan Park Aikido
7602 N. Pinehill Dr.
Richmond, VA 23228


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